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Foxtrot is celebrating International Women's Month alongside their latest happy hour option, De Soi, a line of non-alcoholic aperitifs made with natural adaptogens. Celebrate with a side of women-owned foods as picked by the co-founder herself: Katy Perry. She curated Happier Hour gift boxes of some women-owned snacks to pair with De Soi. Foxtrot also stocked their virtual shelves with a list of other women-founded brands to shop and celebrate this month. 

  • Happier Hour Kit: Available to all customers in-store and for delivery. Includes a 4pk of De Soi “Golden Hour”, a bag of Toodaloo “Slow Your Roll,” and a box of Partake Chocolate Chip Cookies.
  • Extended Happier Hour Gift Box: This Member-exclusive gift box is available via the Foxtrot App for in-store pick-up or local delivery only. Includes a De Soi Golden Hour bottle signed by Katy Perry, a bag of Toodaloo “Slow Your Roll,” a box of Partake Chocolate Chip Cookies, Carolyn's Krisps - Cheddar Krisps, 2 single De Soi cans, and Foxtrot’s vintage-inspired green martini glass.
  • Foxtrot Anywhere De Soi Happier Hour Gift Box: Available to all customers via Foxtrot Anywhere for national shipping. Includes 2 single De Soi cans, a bag of Toodaloo “Slow Your Roll,” a box of Partake Chocolate Chip Cookies, Carolyn's Krisps - Cheddar Krisps, and Foxtrot’s vintage-inspired green martini glass.
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Nisos Chef Avgeria Stapaki and Sommelier Evie Olson are raising a glass (or a few glasses) on Thursday, March 30 at 6:30pm, as they host female winemaker Bree Stock of Ltd.+ and Constant Crush. The Australian-born Master of Wine created Ltd.+ to showcase Oregon’s changing grape diversity, while allowing her to explore her penchant for low-intervention winemaking. More Than Muses is a 4-course dinner that will include dishes by Avgeria and paired wines by Bree. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased on Nisos website.

Girl & the Goat

A line-up of female chefs at Girl & the Goat on March 25th to celebrate Women's History Month. Chef Stephanie Izard called together a group of chefs, including Chicago’s own, Diana Davila, Beverly Kim, and Sarah Grueneberg, along with some of Steph’s Food Network buddies, Mei Lin from LA and Britt Rescigno from New Jersey. Together, they will host a brunch at Girl & the Goat to benefit The Abundance Setting, Beverly Kim’s charity that encourages and supports the advancement of women and working mothers in the culinary and hospitality industry. Not only will these chefs bring their culinary prowess to the kitchen, they'll also be sitting down for brunch, providing the opportunity for guests to learn about their journeys as women in the restaurant industry. To top it off, guests will be offered a wine flight curated by Girl and the Goat's sommelier, Shea Zimmerman, featuring women in wine. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased here: Women’s Month Brunch on OpenTable. 

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Hinoki Sushiko

Throughout the month of March, the omakase and izakaya outpost near Lincoln Yards will offer a sake flight crafted by owner/brew master Miho Amada of Imada Brewing Company. Guests will be offered pours of three of her sake varietals. Imada is operating one of only 20 female owned/run sake breweries. This special flight at Hinoki Sushiko will include pours of:

Forgotten Fortune – Crisp & Refreshing

Seaside Sparkling – Specialty

Moon on the Water – Fruity & Floral

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J9 Wine Bar

To honor Women's Month, J9 Wine Bar in Chicago's Lincoln Park is featuring a special menu of wines created by women-led wineries and every Monday night throughout March, they are offering "Female Flights," a wine flight featuring you guessed it...female winemakers.

Located at 1961 N. Halsted, J9 is a traditional wine bar (only wine, cocktails and charcuterie here) run by Owner Sonya Mlodzek and Wine & Spirits Director Johnna Battaglia, a female duo passionate about wine and conversation and vino. 

To honor Women's History Month in March, Wine & Spirits Director, Johnna Battaglia, is featuring several wines created by women. Featured wines available include:

  • Ponzi Vineyards, Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley, OR) -- Created by sisters Luisa Ponzi (winemaker) and Anna Maria Ponzi (president).
  • Marco Felluga, "Varneri", Merlot 2018 (Friuli-Venezia, Italy) -- Ilaria Felluga serves as CEO and Winemaker for Marco Felluga Winery. 
  • "Mollamata" Collio Bianco, Fruliano, Pinot Bianco, Ribolla Gialla 2017 (Friuli-Venezia, Italy) -- Ilaria Felluga serves as CEO and Winemaker for Marco Felluga Winery. 
  • Chateau Blaignan, Medoc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Bordeaux, France) -- Anne Le Naour serves as Winemaker & Executive Director for Chateau Blaignan. 
  • Baca Wines "Double Dutch" Zinfandel 2020 (Paso Robles, CA) -- Created by Alison Frichtl Hollister (winemaker) and Jennifer Brown (director).

These bottles will be available throughout the entire month of March. 

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Mindy's Bakery

From Pastry Chef Mindy Segal, Mindy’s Bakery offers artisanal baked goods including sweet and savory Danishes, quiches, sticky cinnamon rolls, cookies, breads and much more. Baked fresh each morning, the concept focuses on incorporating high quality ingredients with traditional techniques.

Volumes Bookcafe

Volumes Bookcafe is an independently owned bookstore run by two sisters that features curated shelves of books, alongside a menu of baked goods, espresso drinks and an array of local beer and wine. Whether dropping in to pick up a new read for home or curling up and staying a while, the shop aims to create a warm and inviting community space for book lovers of all ages.

Wicker Park Farmers Market

This March, the Wicker Park Farmers and Makers markets are putting a special emphasis on woman-owned businesses in honor of National Women’s History month. On 3/5 & 3/19, drop into the food-focused market to support businesses like feminist brand Spicy Grrrls Hot Sauce. 

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Amy Morton, JBF Winner Debbie Gold, and GM/Partner Kathleen McGrath work together at the new LeTour in EvanstonThey opened LeTour, a “decidedly American” Brasserie with James Beard Awarded Chef Debbie Gold at the helm on November 17. ‘LeTour’ means “circle/to turn” in French- an ode to the circular layout of the restaurant in downtown Evanston and the ‘full circle’ moments that brought Morton, Gold, and McGrath together for this new venture. Chef Gold is also a proud member of The Abundance Setting, a local nonprofit that supports working mothers in the industry. Reservations are available online via OpenTable.


Jessica Scott works as the Executive Pastry Chef of 50 Eggs Hospitality Group and embraces the flavors of her San Diego upbringing and the comforting flavors of the American South to curate a menu that lightens up the Yardbird menu. She has competed on Food Network shows 5 times, as well as Disney+ Foodtastic. 

Jinsei Motto

For the month of March, Jinsei Motto is offering a sake flight from Miho Imada, a female sake brewer. The flight features sakes that highlight her today, past, and future below. Jinsei Motto is open in the West Loop (within CH Distillery) Tues-Sat from 4-10/11pm.

  • Forgotten Fortune: the name of this sake comes from the rice used in the making of it. This strain was dead for over 100 years and Miho-san took the last 5 strains from the seed bank and revived the rice. She is the sole owner of Hattanso now! 
  • Moon on the Water: a Junmai Ginjo sake from the birthplace of Ginjo, Hiroshima. This style of sake highlights Miho-san's past as she comes from the Japanese theater Kabuki. 
  • Seaside Sparkling: Miho-san is now focused on making sake that will not only compliment Japanese food but world cuisine. Welcome to the pet-nat of sake with some rice sediments left in the bottle to create a creamy body. Hiroshima wanted to make something to go with shellfish just like champagne and other sparkling wines do. 
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Andros Taverna

Andros Taverna, the Greek restaurant in Logan Square, is hosting a tasting event on Saturday, March 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. led by Beverage Director Alexandria Brashears and Lead Sommelier, Amber Pike. Andros Taverna’s wine program features over 100 bottles highlighting the best of Greece, and representing the culture from islands like Crete and Santorini to Macedonia and the Peloponnesian peninsula. For $20 per person, guests will be able to taste a curated selection of four wines featuring female producers, while also learning about these Greek wines from two women in the industry. 

Additionally, Andros Taverna will donate $1 of each ticket to Sarah’s Circle, a grassroots organization in Chicago that helps women experiencing homelessness. Reservations can be booked on Resy.

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Chicago French Press

Located in Chicago's South Loop at the Roosevelt Collection Shops is Chicago French Press (CFP), the women-owned, black-owned shopping destination for all things coffee with a mission to connect java drinkers to premium coffee offerings and meaningful philanthropic endeavors. Kris Christian, founder of CFP and former Wall Street analyst turned coffee connoisseur concepted CFP as a means to provide healthier, palatable coffee offerings in which 5% of the proceeds from each bag of coffee sold directly support select 501(c)3 organizations. Kris developed her own robust mix of fair-trade, non-GMO coffee blends.

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Meet & Whiskey

In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth, Meet & Whiskey is serving a specialty cocktail to raise funds for Chicago Foundation for Women. The drink, named for aviator Bessie Coleman, is a gin- or vodka-based beverage full of earthy pomegranate and tangy cranberry. It’s designed with lavender aromatics and a slightly spiced pop of black pepper.

Chicago Foundation for Women focuses on the issues that affect all women, girls, trans, and gender nonbinary people. CFW envisions a world in which all women, girls, trans, and gender nonbinary people have the opportunity to thrive in safe, just and healthy communities.

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In recognition of International Women’s Day, aliveOne in Lincoln Park will offer a special $6 "The Becky" cocktail with Tito's, Pamplemousse La Croix, fresh lime juice, and demerara syrup. A portion of proceeds from each cocktail sold will benefit the Chicago Women’s Health Center. A $6 High Noon special will also be available all night.

CWHC facilitates the empowerment of women, trans people, and young people by providing access to health care and health education in a respectful environment where people pay what they can afford.

Central Park Bar

In support of International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8, Central Park in Avondale will donate one dollar from every They Why Not cocktail sold to the Chicago Foundation For Women. They Why Not cocktail is $12 each and features Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka, BroVo Lucky Falernum, Nocello Walnut Liqueur, Fee Brothers Cranberry Bitters, lemon, and cherry.

Chicago Foundation for Women focuses on the issues that affect all women, girls, trans, and gender nonbinary people. CFW envisions a world in which all women, girls, trans, and gender nonbinary people have the opportunity to thrive in safe, just and healthy communities.

Easy Bar

In recognition of International Women’s Day, $1 from every Espresso Martini (Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur, Kahlua, Pau Maui Vodka; $11) sold Monday, March 6 through Friday, March 10 will be donated to the Human Rights Campaign.  

The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where every member of the LGBTQ+ family has the freedom to live their truth without fear, and with equality under the law. They empower 3 million members and supporters to mobilize against attacks on the most marginalized people in the community.


In honor of International Women’s Day, Estelle’s will donate $1 from every house cocktail sold on Wednesday, March 8 to Connections for Abused Women and their Children. 

Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC) is committed to ending domestic violence. Using a self-help, empowerment approach, CAWC provides a shelter for adults and children, counseling, advocacy, and a 24-hour hotline for people affected by domestic violence. 

Oda Mediterranean Cuisine

Guests can dine for a cause this March at Oda Mediterranean, a women owned and operated restaurant in Andersonville. In recognition of International Women’s Day, Oda will donate 10-percent of proceeds from every Fall Back In Love cocktail for the month of March to Connections for Abused Women and their Children. The Fall Back In Love cocktail features Maker's Mark (which is co-founded by Margie Samuels), pomegranate liquor, fig syrup, ginger beer, lemon and fig.

Mother and daughter duo Marina Cardak and Tamta Meladze ran Turkish Cuisine in the Andersonville community for 15 years. After it closed, they opened Oda Mediterranean in Andersonville, a nod to Chef Cardak’s roots. Born and raised in Turkey’s neighboring country Georgia, Chef Cardak wanted to bring the roots of the Ottoman kitchen into a single menu. Chef Cardak fuses together traditional flavors of Georgian and Turkish cuisine to create her menu of modern Mediterranean cuisine.

Along with specialty Georgian wines, menu options include mezes like hummus, dolma, ezme and cacik yogurt dip, Mediterranean seafood like charred Spanish octopus, a variety of charcoal kebabs and the Adjaruli Khachapuri, an oven baked Georgian cheese and egg boat. Oda offers Happy Hour every weekday from 5-6:30pm featuring $1 Falafel, $1 Cigar Boregi, $2 Fried Mussel Skewers and half-price bubbles.

The Owl

In support of International Women’s Day, The Owl in Logan Square will donate $1 from every $8 Vander Mill BLUish GOLD cider sold from Monday March 6 until Friday March 10 to Connections for Abused Women and Their Children. 

Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC) is committed to ending domestic violence. Using a self-help, empowerment approach, CAWC provides a shelter for adults and children, counseling, advocacy, and a 24-hour hotline for people affected by domestic violence. 

Uvae Kitchen & Wine Bar

In recognition of International Women’s Day, Uvae Kitchen & Wine Bar in Andersonville will offer a wine tasting featuring all women winemakers on Wednesday, March 8 at 6 p.m. The $55 per person tasting will feature 4 four-ounce wine pours paired with light bites and will be led by sommelier, and owner, Lindsey Anderson. Multiple times are available, starting at 5 p.m. 

Sommelier, educator and owner of Uvae Kitchen and Wine Bar and The Fromagerie & Tasting Room, Lindsey Anderson began her journey in the hospitality industry at the age of 16 as a cake decorator followed by serving at restaurants by age 18. After graduating from Kendall College in 2006 with a degree in Hospitality Management she sought to expand her professional experience and returned in 2014 as a student of the Wine Professional Program, earning her Level III Sommelier Certification. Lindsey has been a Level I Wine Apprentice instructor at Kendall College since 2017.

Sweet Mandy B's

Julie Wang is from the south suburbs of Chicago and spent 14 years in education before pivoting to baked goods. She taught for 10 years in Chicago Public Schools on the south side and received several teaching awards including a nomination for the Golden Apple Award. 

Julie and her husband, Tommy Wang, were huge fans of Sweet Mandy B’s prior to being involved. Julie always wanted to open her own business and when a mutual friend connected the Wangs with Cindy, who opened Sweet Mandy B’s in Lincoln Park 2002, they were thrilled with the opportunity to build a partnership. Being able to stay involved with children and families in a service-oriented business made this a natural fit for Julie. In spring of 2020, they added a second location in Streeterville. 

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Chicago Winery

Chicago Winery located in River North is psupporting Chicago Foundation for Women during Women’s History Month, donating $1 for each wine tasting purchased at our Tasting Room on Wednesdays 4pm to 9pm throughout March.

Chicago Foundation for Women envisions a world in which all women, girls, trans, and gender non-binary people have the opportunity to thrive in a safe, just and healthy environment.
CFW works with a community of socially-minded investors who share our passion for improving the lives of women and girls, ensuring that every dollar they give achieves maximum impact. 


In Lincoln Park, Esmé is operated and owned by husband-and-wife duo, Chef Jenner Tomaska and Katrina Bravo. As Creative Director and Proprietor of the restaurant, Katrina works closely with her husband to bring their shared vision for the restaurant to life by reimagining the fine dining model with art and philanthropy fundamental to the restaurant experience.

The Dearborn

The Dearborn is owned by sisters Amy and Clodagh Lawless. The Dearborn is the first joint venture of Amy and Clodagh Lawless. Supporting women in hospitality is something that has remained apparent at The Dearborn since inception. Both Lawless sisters are proud to have such influential women be a part of their leadership team, with a notable beverage director, Sarah Clark, known for cocktail creations and Head Pastry Chef, Julianna Westgor, the master of all things sweet treats creating timeless desserts for all diners.

Soul & Smoke

Owner/Operator Heather Bublick, with co-owner and partner, Chef D’Andre Carter, Soul & Smoke has opened three locations since the pandemic, with their first full restaurant opening this spring. As Soul & Smoke evolves, Bublick's hospitality and commitment to high-quality food is the constant driving force. Bublick has made it her mission to give back to the Chicagoland community, as a member of World Central Kitchen’s Chef Corps, Bublick and the Soul & Smoke team have provided over 200,000 meals to struggling families throughout Chicago.


Opened in the Fall of 2022, Bambola is a 175-seat restaurant from Bonhomme Hospitality and Managing Director Meghan Vietti Perdue. A women-led kitchen by Chef Shannah Primiano and Head Baker Maria Alabau, Bambola is inspired by the traditions, ancestral techniques, products and spices widely exchanged by Eastern and Western cultures since the 13th century. Chef Alisha creates dishes with European and Asian influences.


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